30th November 2001
IMPROVING ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION
The University of Lincoln is joining forces with Hull schools to raise the educational aspirations of the city’s schoolchildren.
Next week headteachers, education leaders and university staff will gather at the Cottingham Road campus in Hull to celebrate the launch of ‘Aiming Higher’ in Hull and Grimsby.
‘Aiming Higher’ is the new name for the university’s well regarded access to HE project which has worked to raise educational aspirations in Hull since 1995.
Now money from the European Social Fund will allow the project to be extended to take in more schools in Hull as well as schools south of the Humber.
The Hull launch of ‘Aiming Higher’ on Wednesday 5th December will also give the university an opportunity to announce its Associate Schools scheme which will strengthen informal links with a number of Hull schools.
Among those expected to attend are Simon Jenkins, interim manager of Kingston-upon-Hull LEA, Simon Swallow, Assistant Director of Education for Hull, Danuta Tomaz, Excellence in Cities co-ordinator, and Ian Turnbull of the Bransholme Education Action Zone.
“The objective of ‘Aiming Higher’ is to develop links between schools and the university to enhance the aspirations and achievements of schoolchildren from lower socio-economic backgrounds and to break the barriers to progression to HE for disadvantaged communities,” explained project co-ordinator John Knowles.
“It’s an ambitious scheme which seeks to break the link between deprivation and educational under-achievement.”
The schools involved all serve communities suffering from severe socio-economic disadvantage, and all have examination performance indicators well below the national average. The project works mainly with pupils who have no immediate family experience of HE.
‘Aiming Higher’ was identified in 1999 by the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals (now Universities UK) as an example of good practice in widening access to higher education.
“Both the extension of ‘Aiming Higher’ and the launch of our Associate Schools scheme are very exciting developments for the university and for education in the city,” said Mr Knowles.
“Our new Associate Schools will benefit from joint curriculum development with the university, mutual understanding and access to members of staff for advice and technical information.”
Pupils taking part in ‘Aiming Higher’ receive an early conditional offer of a place at the University of Lincoln which allows them to accumulate admission credit from the beginning of Key Stage 4 for evidence of their preparation to become a good student.
Hull schools involved in the launch include: Andrew Marvell, Archbishop Thurstan, David Lister, Isaac Newton, Kelvin Hall, Pickering High School, Kingswood, Sir Henry Cooper and Winifred Holtby Technology School.
For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager
University of Lincoln
Tel: 01522 886042